Umbra Institute professors Simon Young and Zachary Nowak have been working on an exciting new initiative, a blog about Italian food history.The Umbra Institute has a long history of food studies as a part of its academic program. Professor Simon Young, who teaches “The History and Culture of Food In Italy,” and Umbra history professor Zachary Nowak have created a unique blog that attempts to fill a research gap that students of food culture in Italy often encounter.
Many sources are only available in Italian,
and often then only treated in book-length monographs.
Young and Nowak’s blog, on the other hand, presents a clearinghouse of sources (hard-to-find firsthand accounts of Italian food in the past in English), resources (search engines and other directories), images, and Italian food news, as well as their commentary on all of the above. Young and Nowak are also in the process of making their colleagues in food studies aware of the blog and soliciting guest posts from other scholars. The blog, called Food In Italy (FoodinItaly.org), will be made available not only to Umbra students but also other interested in food history in Italy.